Skoda Fabia (2015-present)

One of the most spacious superminis around has VW build-quality but a lower price-tag

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Smart looks
Well equipped
Lots of room inside

Weaknesses 

No diesel option
Ford Fiesta is more fun to drive
Not as good value as previous generation
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Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.0 tsi monte carlo 5dr

Total RRP £17,175

Your quote £14,225

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Skoda Fabia prices from £5,451  Finance from £85 per month

With sharp, angular lines and a range of distinctive colours to choose from, the latest Skoda Fabia hatchback cuts a dash in the fiercely competitive supermini class. As always, its chief rivals are big-selling cars like the Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Seat Ibiza, KIA Rio, Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio. It's tough competition but the Fabia is one of the picks of the bunch.

Its engine range is generally impressive (save for slightly lacklustre 1.0-litre petrol) and standard equipment is decent on all models. One of this Fabia’s biggest calling cards, however, is the amount of space inside – more than you’d imagine when you first look at it.

Even with two six-footers in the front seats, two adults, or three children can be comfortable in the back, thanks to a tall, straight roofline that doesn’t excessively compromise headroom. Like every generation of Fabia, this car is five-door only, so you enjoy the extra practicality that bodystyle brings regardless of what model you buy.

At 330 litres, the Fabia has a bigger boot than the class-leader, the Ford Fiesta. In fact, it's even got a bigger boot that the previous generation Ford Focus, a much larger car. Dropping the 60:40 split-folding rear seats frees up 1,150 litres – useful for those weekend trips to IKEA or the gardening centre. There are also plenty of cleverly designed and decent-sized cubbyholes and boxes for occupants to store bits and bobs in. Other clever touches feature too, like an ice scraper tucked away next to the fuel filler cap.

A five-star Euro NCAP rating confirms the Fabia as a reassuringly safe car, while there’s plenty of standard safety kit such as ISOFIX child-seat mounts in the back and a full set of airbags all round. In the SE version and above, you get an autonomous braking system that can stop the car before it crashes if you fail to react to an obstacle ahead.

Last Updated 

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:15

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
330 litres
Width: 
1,732mm
Length: 
3,992mm
Height: 
1,467mm
Tax (min to max): 
£0 to £20

Best Skoda Fabia for... 

Skoda Fabia 1.0TSI 95PS
For older Fabias, the diesels will be more economical, but as mentioned, diesel engines are no longer on offer. The most economical engine is the 1.0TSI in 95PS will do 47.1-51.4mpg
Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSI 95 PS SE
It's very hard to look past the 1.0 TSI in 95PS spec. It's usefully faster than the MPI engine, and is the most economical. SE specification includes all the essentials, like air-conditioning, DAB radio, an alarm and rear parking sensors.
Skoda Fabia 1.0TSI 110 Monte Carlo
Previous Skoda Fabias offered a high-performance ‘vRS’ model, but that’s not the case with the third-generation car. You can, however, go for the sporty-looking Monte Carlo version with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine that gets it from 0-62mph in under 10 seconds.
Skoda Fabia 1.0 MPI 75 S
The 1.0-litre MPI petrol engine was first introduced in the smaller Skoda Citigo city car and it’s more suited to that pint-sized car. In the Fabia, it feels very strained and slow, with a 0-62mph from rest in torturous 14.9 seconds.

Skoda Fabia History 

October 2014 Prices and specs of third-generation Fabia announced for 2015.
August 2015 Range-topping Monte Carlo version added to line-up.
2018 1.2-litre petrol, and all diesel engines droppped. New 1.0-litre TSI engine.

Understanding Skoda Fabia car names 

  • Fabia
  • Engine
    1.0 MPI 75PS
  • Trim
    SE L
  • Gearbox
    DSG
  • Engine
    The first part of Skoda Fabia model names is the size of the engine in litres (1.0 in this case). The following letters explain the type of engine it is: MPI for a standard petrol, TSI for more powerful and efficient turbo petrol engines. The final number is the engine power given in horsepower.
  • Trim
    The trim level lets you know what standard equipment is fitted. The five-strong Fabia range comprises the basic S, good-value SE, colourful colour edition, luxurious SE L and sporty Monte Carlo versions.
  • Gearbox
    Certain versions of the TSI petrol engines are available with Skoda’s automatic gearbox, called DSG, which indicates that it's a smooth twin-clutch system, which also allows you to change gears yourself if you want.

Skoda Fabia Engines 

1.0 MPI, 1.0 TSI (95bhp), 1.0 TSI (110bhp)

The Skoda Fabia engine range is pretty straightforward.There are two different 1.0-litre petrol units. One is a non turbo, and the other has a turbo, and two different power outputs. If you want the DSG automatic gearbox, it’s only available with the most powerful engine.

The cheapest and slowest engine is badged MPI. It’s a 1.0-litre like the TSI, except it isn’t turbocharged to bring more power. It’s also less economical than the TSI engine, mostly because it’s so slow. You constantly need to be under full throttle if you want to make any meaningful progress.

The TSI is a much better way to go. In 95bhp form, it has enough grunt for towns and cities, and it feels faster than its 14.7second 0-62mph time would suggest. Even in the real world, under mixed driving conditions, it should easily achieve 45mpg. If you regularly use motorways, it might be better going for the more powerful version.

The 110bhp car manages to be nearly as economical as the 95bhp car, but is usefully quicker. A sub 10 second 0-62mph sprint is respectable for this type of car.

Fuel

Mpg

Bhp

0 - 62mph

top speed

1.0 MPI

Petrol

45.6 - 49.6mpg

75bhp

14.9s

104mph

1.0 TSI

Petrol

47.1 - 51.4mpg

95bhp

14.7s

114mph

1.0 TSI (Automatic)

Petrol

43.5 - 47.9mpg

110bhp

10.1s

121mph

1.0 TSI
(Manual)

Petrol

47.1 - 51.4mpg

110bhp

9.6s

121mph

Skoda Fabia Trims 

S, SE, Colour Edition, SE L, Monte Carlo

Like the engine line-up, the range of Skoda Fabia trim levels – or versions – isn’t too bewildering, with just five options to choose from.

Starting things off is the bargain-basement S, which is perhaps better equipped than you’d expect an entry-level supermini to be. It has power-adjustable heated mirrors, electric front windows, digital radio and Bluetooth, plus extensive safety kit such as ISOFIX points, tyre-pressure monitoring and LED daytime running lights.

The S does have two major omissions (air-conditioning and alloy wheels) both of which are rectified on the SE. This version also sports a leather steering wheel (much nicer than the plastic in the S), parking sensors and Skoda’s ‘SmartLink’ smartphone connectivity system.

Colour Edition adds new 16-inch alloy wheels in black, white, or silver, cruise control, plus, a coloured roof and door mirrors to match the wheels.

SE L  adds front foglights and LED daytime running lights, as well as a central armrest, climate control, keyless entry, push-button start and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

The sporty-looking Monte Carlo model tops the range and looks very distinctive thanks to its black alloy wheels, rear spoiler, panoramic sunroof, red interior trim and sports seats. But the car is no faster than than other versions, as it has the same engines.

Skoda Fabia Reliability and warranty 

As a brand, Skoda has long been a star performer in Auto Express magazine’s Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, with its cars frequently ranked at or near the top of the charts in almost every area and its dealer customer service praised highly.

This generation of the Fabia was too new to feature in the most recent 2015 edition of the survey, but its predecessor only managed a fairly disappointing 127th for reliability and 143rd for build quality out of 200 cars looked at. However, more recently introduced models like the latest Skoda Citigo, Skoda Rapid and Skoda Octavia did much better, so we’d expect to third-generation Fabia to record a similar performance in the 2016 survey.

Warranty cover on the Skoda Fabia is the same as for any VW Group vehicle: three years and 60,000 miles. Not bad, but not as good as what you get on key rivals the Hyundai i20 (five years/unlimited miles) and Kia Rio (seven years/100,000 miles).

Used Skoda Fabia 

The Skoda Fabia is mechanically closely related to the Volkswagen Polo, but due to a perceived lack of badge prestige compared to VW, it doesn’t hold its value as well on the used market as its sister model. That’s very good news for bargain hunters who aren’t too bothered about image and just want to get themselves a spacious, well equipped and reliable car for a good price.

There are currently 263 Skoda Fabias available on BuyaCar, with prices ranging from £4,891 to £19,350 for nearly-new models.

Indeed, a two-year-old Fabia for under £10,000 with a year’s factory warranty remaining looks like a very good used buy at the time of writing. The majority of cars on sale will be SEs, but you could well bag yourself a high-spec SE L for not too much more money and benefit from the extra kit it offers. The range-topping Fabia Monte Carlo was introduced nearly 12 months after the other trim levels, so availability won’t be as good here just yet.

Discontinued engines

Several petrol and diesel engines have been discontinued in the life of the Fabia, and make tempting used bargains.

The 1.0-litre MPI non-turbo petrol is attractively cheap, but feels pretty lacklustre. The less powerful 59bhp version of this engine is offered only in entry-level S specification, but the slightly quicker 74bhp one can be fitted to any trim level. Either way, it makes the Fabia slow, quite noisy and no more efficient than with the livelier 1.2-litre petrol engines.

We think the 1.2-litre TSI turbo petrol is the pick of the range, particularly when paired with the good-value SE trim level. It offers adequate performance for everyday driving along with pretty good fuel economy for a petrol. Both the 89 and 108bhp versions of this engine are available in SE, SE L or Monte Carlo spec, but the more powerful one doesn’t feel hugely different, so it’s not really worth spending more for. 

If you want a diesel Fabia, a 1.4-litre TDI is offered in two power outputs (although the stronger 104bhp version is only available on the pricey SE L and Monte Carlo trim). It’s not as responsive as the petrol around town, but it’s the better choice if you spend a lot of time on the motorway.All of the engines mentioned in this paragraph have been discontinued and are no longer available to buy from new.

Prices below show typical BuyaCar discounts for our pick of new and used models. Scroll down further for the very latest new Skoda Fabia deals or search for all new and used Skoda Fabia offers.

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1 year old

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3 years old

Best for performance

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 105 Monte Carlo

Price

£15,925

£14,739

£12,765

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4%

17%

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Best for families

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE

Price

£13,450

£12,412

£10,290

£9,190

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8%

23%

32%

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Best for economy

Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI SE

Price

£15,450

£14,311

£11,615

£10,375

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7%

25%

33%

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Skoda Fabia Prices

Skoda Fabia Colour Edition

1.0 tsi colour edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,218

You could save up to: £2862

Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo

1.0 tsi monte carlo 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,225

You could save up to: £2950

Skoda Fabia S

1.0 mpi s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £9,694

You could save up to: £2556

1.0 tsi s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £11,176

You could save up to: £2684

Skoda Fabia SE

1.0 tsi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,362

You could save up to: £2788

Skoda Fabia SE L

1.0 tsi se l 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,604

You could save up to: £2896